The Actors’ Gang

The Actors’ Gang Education Department is dedicated to introducing the joy and transformative power of theatre to the diverse youth of Los Angeles and beyond. Our commitment is to provide programs that are vital to unique populations, which empower children and teens to discover, develop and share their individual creative voices. We utilize “The Style”, our signature acting technique, based in the physical and improvisational form of Commedia dell’Arte, in all of our youth programs. Learn more at

Alameda County Office of Education — Integrated Learning Specialist Program

A trans-disciplinary set of courses that envisions and nurtures new paradigms for teaching and learning. This program leverages tools and strategies that cultivate emergent dispositions and provokes new thinking about the role of arts and education. Working collaboratively in inspired learning communities, participants will investigate new pathways and examine and critique established norms and interrupt systems of inequity, promoting social justice and invention to build a better future for everyone. Learn more at

Focus 5 Inc.

Focus 5 Inc. provides high quality professional learning opportunities and program consulting focused on aligning arts integration, best instructional practices, and current thinking in the field of arts and education. We collaborate and consult with teachers, teaching artists, schools, school districts, arts organizations, arts commissions, arts councils, and museums around the country.  We are in classrooms on a daily basis to keep our work refined, relevant, and effective in the ever-growing and evolving field of arts integration and education. Learn more at

Get Lit — Words Ignite

Get Lit — Words Ignite brings classic poetry to the streets and street poetry into the classrooms. By engaging youth in great works of literature, in-school and beyond, students engage in their own futures and unearth their potential. Learn more at


KID smART brings research-based, arts-driven professional development to schools! Teachers who participated in KID smART workshops last year reported more frequency and fidelity to creative teaching strategies and 100% would recommend our PD to colleagues. No two workshops are alike! KID smART presenters are able to customize their workshops to fit your school’s specific needs. We often scaffold workshops to build a strong foundation for artful learning and teaching. Learn more at

Studio Pathways

Mariah Rankine-Landers and Jessa Brie Moreno are Studio Pathways. They are leading practitioners who provide professional development and strategic design for schools, districts, counties and arts orgs. Mariah and Jessa lead an arc of transformative practice to embody culturally responsive teaching and learning through the arts. Foundations of practice include social emotional learning, evolving project based learning through creative inquiry, and centering the role of the cultural and contemporary arts for greater learning outcomes. Learn more at

UCLArts & Healing

UCLArts & Healing offers training in the use of creative expression as a process for self-discovery, connection, and empowerment through the integration of the arts with mental health practices. For example, their evidence-based and trauma-informed Beat the Odds® program integrates activities from group drumming and group counseling to build core strengths such as focusing and listening, team building, leadership, expressing feelings, managing anger/stress, empathy, and gratitude. Learn more about this and other signature training programs at

Visual Thinking Strategies

Founded in 1995, Visual Thinking Strategies is a research-based education nonprofit that provides a teaching methodology, a developmentally appropriate image curriculum, and a learner-centered professional development program. VTS cultivates an evolving, global community of practitioners in schools, museums, and beyond. Learn more at